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The Jewel Case

Thursday, 8-11pm

A weekly celebration of all manner of musical goodness: deep cuts, forgotten treasures, and curiosities. Plus, a new theme each show spanning all genres, eras and locales.

I’m on a fact-finding mission to the Dagobah system at the moment, but my good friend and yours, Brother Andy Valeri, will be spinning truth to power in my stead. Sounds like he’s got a great theme lined up, too: SONGS OF INQUIRY. There is no shortage of musical questions out there, and Andy will be cherry picking some of his faves. Up first...

This week, in Hour #2, we're examining the golden age of BUBBLEGUM POP: the precision-marketed sugary musical concoctions that served as a kind of gateway drug to teens and preteens through the late 60s and early 70s. Tommy Roe, Edison Lighthouse, The Archies... make sure you brush and floss after this one kids- THIS episode will give you cavities. But first...

Tonight's theme? PLEASE STAND BY- we'll be spinning songs about WAITING from the likes of Hank Williams, Charlie Christian, Fugazi, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and tons more. Patience is a virtue, and so is good musical taste...

Last week our theme was "Up"; this week- you guessed it- it's "Down". We'll be spinning tunes about getting down, being down, going downtown, shuttin' em down, burning down, and many other down-related activities. It'll be downright downtastic. But first...

Here's the deal: I was going to do "Up & Down" as this week's theme- until an initial list of songs came to about 9 hours of music, that is. So, we're gonna split things up; this week we present "up" songs. Next week will "down"'s turn. Hank Williams to Coltrane to Parliament to Van Halen- all weighing in. Get up, stay up. But first...

This week, we're examining songs about walking, from everyone from Aerosmith to Thelonious Monk to Ella Fitzgerald to Ernest Tubb, and a whole bunch of folks betwixt and between. Lace up, friends. It might even get silly, but first....

While Tod is on a fact-finding mission to parts unknown, the Jewel Case is in the very capable hands of Mr. Andy Valeri. He's Rev Cool's regular right-hand man on Around The Fringe on Fridays, and he knows his stuff. Andy presents a theme of "Firsts" right after this... 

This week we're examining the musical DNA of Led Zeppelin. Led Zep are one of the big names on Rock Mountain and, over the course of their career, they interpreted a fair share of other artists' music, sometimes legitimately credited, sometimes...er...not so much. We'll spin the original versions of songs that found their way into the Zeppelin catalog one way or another and, in many cases, spilling some juicy details. LOTS of great Blues, Folk, and early Rock & Roll in this one, friends, and you don't have to be a Led Zeppelin fan to dig it. But first...

This week's theme is RODENTIA; we'll be taking a look at tunes about mice, rats, hamsters, and various and sundry other gnawing little critters, from a list of folks that ranges from Yma Sumac to Lightnin' Hopkins to King Missile, and of course wood chips and the cheese. But first....

This week on the Jewel Case, we're doing a show about NOTHING: songs about nothing and nowhere. Not only that, but we've got a truly mind-bending lineup of artists to play and sing about it. George Jones? Check. Dead Meadow? Check. Lena Horne? Check. Those aren't even the most out-of-left-field ones. But first...

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